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Soccer-Rangnick discusses Ronaldo’s future at Man United with Ten Hag
Ralf Rangnick, acting manager at Manchester United, said he would discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with new manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s board of directors as the Portuguese striker’s contract expires at the end of next season. Ronaldo returned to United this season on a two-year deal from Juventus, returning to the club where he won eight major trophies from 2003 to 2009.
Soccer-Chelsea has weeks to finalize sale, says UK minister
Premier League club Chelsea are on loan and have just weeks to complete their sale, Britain’s Foreign Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told the BBC on Thursday. Chelsea were put up for sale by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich before the British government imposed sanctions on the oligarch over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, leaving the club unable to sign new players or renew existing deals.
MLB Roundup: Andrew McCutchen delivers 3 RBIs to beat former team
Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and drove in two runs in the ninth inning on Thursday as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers rallied to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates to end a three-game streak. Milwaukee pinch-hitter Christian Yelich, who went 2-1 in the ninth against right-hander Chris Stratton (0-1), put down a colorful single. Kolten Wong singled to the right and pinch hitter Omar Narvaez singled to the left to load bases.
Titans trade WR AJ Brown to Eagles for a pair of draft picks
The Tennessee Titans traded disgruntled receiver AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for two draft picks during Thursday night’s NFL draft in Las Vegas. The Titans earned a first-round pick (18th overall) and a third-round pick (101st) for Brown, who had expressed dissatisfaction with his contract situation.
Boxing-Taylor, Serrano poised to make history with MSG showdown
The stage is set for the biggest fight in women’s boxing history on Saturday when Ireland’s Katie Taylor and Puerto Rican Amanda Serrano meet at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the undisputed lightweight championship. Fifty-one years after the “Fight of the Century” between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, the world’s most famous arena will host another transformative event at this showdown, which will see two female headliners for the first time.
Football Havertz must rediscover his shot on goal, says Chelsea coach Tuchel
Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz needs to rediscover his scoring prowess, manager Thomas Tuchel said after the Germany international missed several chances in Thursday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Manchester United. Havertz could have put Chelsea ahead in the first half as they dominated the game but was denied by United goalkeeper David de Gea.
Rugby Spain out of the 2023 World Cup for violating player eligibility
Spain has been disqualified from next year’s Rugby World Cup in France after fielding an ineligible player in two matches during the 2021-22 European Rugby Championship, the Spanish FA (FER) and World Rugby announced on Thursday.
Spain’s disqualification means Romania automatically qualifies and Portugal goes into a playoff for a spot at the tournament.
The Jaguars pick Georgia’s Travon Walker first overall in the NFL draft
The beginning of the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas had a clearly defensive character. The first five players selected Thursday night play on the defensive side of the ball, beginning with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who use the No. 1 overall pick against Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker.
Cycling Pieters regains consciousness four months after a training crash
Three-time Madison World Champion Amy Pieters has regained consciousness after being placed in an induced coma after falling during practice in Spain in December, her team SD Worx announced on Thursday. The 30-year-old Dutch woman was put into a coma after doctors performed an operation to relieve pressure on her brain after the accident in Alicante, Spain, on December 23.
ATP recap: Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime survive angry fears
Second seeded Norway’s Casper Ruud gave up his opening set before bouncing back in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Slovakia’s Alex Molcan in the second round of the BMW Open in Munich on Thursday. Ruud served six aces and saved five out of eight break points to progress. In the quarter-finals he meets eighth-seeded Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, who won 6-2, 6-3 against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov.
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